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Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric car charging

Facilties for charging electric vehicles are now required on all new developments that include off-street parking facilties.

In line with the Council’s Low Emission Strategy (adopted October 2012), Air Quality Action Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), developers are now required to demonstrate that they are making all reasonable efforts to minimise total emissions from development sites during both construction and operational phases. This will include ensuring the energy choices for heating and powering buildings are the right ones for both carbon/CO2 and local air quality emissions (NOx/Particulate Matter) and requirements to promote and incentivise the use of low emission vehicles on sites to reduce the overall emission impact of development related traffic (e.g. provision of electric vehicle recharge points).

Facilties for charging electric vehicles are now required on all new developments that include off-street parking facilties.  The table below sets out the standard provision requirements by development type.

Development typeCharging Provision
Houses with allocated off-street parking
[see note 1]
100% passive provision
Houses / Flats with shared off-street parking
[see note 2]
5% Active Provision
5% Passive Provision
Other types of development
[see note 2]
5% Active Provision
5% Passive Provision

Table note 1 – Passive provision defined as sufficient capacity within the electricity distribution board for one dedicated radial AC single phase connection to allow the future addition of an Electric Vehicle Recharge Point (minimum 32A) within the garage space or parking area if desired.  For new build properties, the applicant should identify the proposed location for a future Electric Vehicle Recharge Point within the development curtilage and ensure that any necessary trunking/ducting is in place to enable cables to be run to the specified location. 

Table note 2 – Active provision generally defined as a free standing, weatherproof, outdoor recharging unit for electric vehicles with the capacity to charge at 7kw (32A) that has sufficient enabling cabling to upgrade that unit and to provide for an additional recharging unit of the same specification.  In some instances, wall-mounted charging solutions may be appropriate; this should be discussed with City of York Council.

The exact number, specification, location and maintenance schedule for electric vehicle recharge points should be agreed with City of York Council at the earliest opportunity.